We The People
This Fourth of July, listen to stories from our collection reflecting on our nation and its complex history through extraordinary stories from our many initiatives across the country.
"I wanted him to show them that he could do what anybody else can do."
“I was right there between two cultures that I love.”
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Take One Small Step With StoryCorps
You can help us find a way out of today's toxic polarization. Learn more about our initiative to bridge political divides, one conversation at a time.
One Small Step: About the Initiative
One Small Step is an effort to connect people so they can remember that people with whom they disagree are human beings. In doing this, we can begin to mend the fraying fabric of our nation — one conversation at a time.
Cheraton Love, who identifies as liberal, and her father-in-law, Jim White, who identifies as conservative, talk about how they manage to not let their differences pull their family apart.
The Science behind One Small Step
The “contact hypothesis” is a straightforward but powerful idea. It says this: People who come from different social and cultural groups can learn to like and accept one another through repeated interactions, such as through conversations. Contact can reduce prejudice and promote peace.